It’s the beginning of the year and it is time to start looking into design trends.

In previous years, wellness was one of the driving ideas behind many interior design endeavours, especially when it comes to pools and bathtubs. If you are planning on remodelling your bathroom, installing a new pool in your backyard, or simply upgrading your already existing features, you should be informed about what’s hot and what’s not this year.

To save you from spending hours reading architecture magazines and googling through the web, here are some of the most prominent pools and bathtub trends for 2018 to spark your imagination.

Freestanding Bathtubs

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Tubs have been making their comeback in the bathroom gradually for the last couple of years. In 2017 and now in 2018, freestanding tubs are all the rage. They make the space more functional, serve as a focal point in the bathroom and fit into a variety of styles.

A clawfoot freestanding bathtub is a stylish centrepiece ideal for vintage bathrooms. Stone tubs look good in modern rooms, while classic white porcelain tubs can complement any space regardless of its style. Since they are already standing out, their presence is often enhanced with statement chandeliers installed above.

Made for two

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Taking a bath is more than just meeting your hygienic needs, it should be a pleasant and relaxing time, and why not, a chance to spend romantic time with your partner. Knowing this, designers have pushed forward the trend of two-person bathtubs. Some of these units even have useful extras like hydro massagers, Jacuzzi, chromotherapy, ergonomic seats, Plexiglas or wooden table for holding your champagne, strawberries and other treats. They come in different shapes, designs and materials, so if you have enough room in your bathroom, you can always convince your sweetheart how badly you need one of these.

Natural materials

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Continuing the trend of previous years, 2018 brings an even stronger presence of natural materials into the bathrooms, with a strong accent on bathtubs.

Besides seeing the already common stone tubs, this year, we’ll be seeing a lot of wooden tubs too.

All lit up

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Night swims are the most fun thing to do when you have a pool in your backyard, and evening parties by the pool do require some pizzazz added to it. The best ways to achieve that is with a lit pool.

This is a project you can tackle if you already have a pool. Installing swimming pool lights (LED lights facing each other are the best solution) into an existing pool is a cost-effective way to stay on top of current trends and improve the appearance of your pool.


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As for pools, this year people have had it with not having a pool because they have a tiny backyard. Mini-pools are large enough for you to be able to enjoy in a relaxing soak during hot days, but also small enough that can be incorporated into tiny yards.

Smart pools

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This year, everything you can think of is becoming smart, so it is no wonder we will see some pretty amazing upgrades in the pool sector. These new pools will be able to interpret your emotions, match your mood and adjust their systems to create an atmosphere that suits you at that specific moment.

The connected apps will be able to change the lighting, adjust the temperature and trigger aromas to match your energy levels and mood.

Blended with the environment

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This year, we are going a step beyond the mere existence of the pool is a wow factor to bringing the wow factor to the pool. Pools blended with their surroundings, through transparent sides or natural transitions (stones, bushes), will be the most sought-after designs. Besides, these types of pools are great ways to incorporate pools into urban surroundings.

As you can see, 2018 is a very exciting year in the world of pools and bathtubs. Besides some novelties it carries with it, we can spot a lot of existing trends being upgraded and continued with renewed enthusiasm.


Author's Bio: Faith McGregor Faith is a writer, seeking beauty everywhere she goes and finding it in art, nature, family, and home. Passionate about just living life to the fullest, she’s into home decor and healthy lifestyle, trying to be the best version of herself and make her surroundings match.